Five counties in northeast Alabama now have 21 new birding trails.
The counties include St. Clair, Talladega, Calhoun, Cleburne and Cherokee with Cleburne leading the list with seven trails, followed by St. Clair and Cherokee with four each and Talladega and Calhoun having three trails each.
Two trail "gateways" are located in Cleburne County. The trails there are:
1. Talladega Mountain Natural Resource Center (Gateway)
2. Talladega National Forest - Shoal Creek
3. Borden Springs/Chief Ladiga Trail
4. Dugger Mt. Wilderness - Mary's Creek.
5. Tallapoosa River Canoe Launch Site.
6. Cheaha State Park - Bald Rock Trail (Gateway)
7. Cheaha Wilderness Trail.
The U.S. Department of Agrculture, U.S. Forest Service, Southern Division, Shoal Creek Ranger District/Station in Heflin (Cleburne County) has a birding list for their district.
It is a general guide to the 150 birds found in the Shoal Creek Ranger District and lists seasons for the birds and their relative abundance.
Birdwatchers may also pick up a convenient birding check-list
In Cherokee County the four trails are:
1. Weiss Lake Overlook
2. Centre-Piedmont-Cherokee County Regional Airport
3. Little River Canyon Mouth Park
4. Cherokee Rock Village (under consideration)
The four trails in St. Clair County are:
1. Horse Pens 40
2. Logan Martin Dam
3. Neely Henry Dam
4. 10 Islands Park.
Talladega County's three trails are:
1. Kymulga Grist Mill
2. Bull's Gap - Pinhoti Trailhead, Talladega National Forest
3. Porter's Gap - Pinhoti Trailhead, Talladega National Forest.
And Calhoun County has three trails:
1. Anniston Museum of Natural History (Gateway)
2. Frog Pond Overlook
3. Mountain Longleaf Pine National Wildlife Refuge.
More information on birding trails in Alabama may be found at: